Sensitive Skin with Kim Cattrall is brilliant and speaks to us all

By Nina Steele 

I decided to watch Sensitive Skin after stumbling on one of Kim Cattrall’s tweets about season 2, which will premiere in Canada on Sunday May 15th. The show is essentially about Kim’s character Davina, having an identity crisis. I haven’t seen the original series (with Joanna Lumley), so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I am glad I decided to check it out.

On the face of it, Davina should be happy. She has a good life overall and has been married to the same man Al (played by Don Mckellar) for 30 years. Al is the type of decent man most women would want in their lives. Caring and loving, albeit a bit of a hypochondriac.

As I haven’t seen the original series, I cannot compare it to this remake, but what I can say is that it is brilliant. The existential crisis that is the main theme of the show is something that all of us have either already experienced or will experience at some stage in our lives.

What the show proves is that happiness really is the Holy Grail. It doesn’t matter how successful you are, or what else is going right in your life, it can still elude you.

The acting is brilliant. I have to admit that for the first few minutes I wasn’t too sure whether or not I was going to like the show. I thought it was a bit slow and then I found myself engrossed.

Regardless of how great a storyline is, ultimately, it is how believable the actors are that make a show great or not. The actors are so believable that I found myself comparing some of the action to real life situations I have been privy to. And don’t get me started on Davina’s sister and brother in law. Hilarious. They epitomise the old saying that money does not make you happy.

I enjoyed the show so much so that I finished series 1 in one sitting. I watched it on Netflix.

The reason why the show had such an impact on me, is because it questions the meaning of life itself. Most people will either think that they are seeing their own life being played in front of them, or they will instantly recognise someone they know. It is that personal.

I look forward to series 2 coming to Netflix UK.

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